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Alphaville (Cine-file French Film Guides) Paperback – Import


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  • Series: Cine-file French Film Guides
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850439869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850439868
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Mr. Drake points out that the film is influenced by many sources, from the book 1984 to the real events in history, such as the Holocaust, but also other films. The numbers on the back of the women's neck, for example, seem to come from the Holocaust. And the ex-spy batting at the light bulb seems to come from a movie by Orson Welles, The Trial. But many questions still pester me. If the numbers show the people losing their individual identity, why do we only see them on the women? And why was a woman on the table in the senior engineer's office? And what about the nude woman in the glass box? Is sexism alive and well in a society run by computers? Is sexism logical? Or does it represent how logic can limit our freedoms? Is that why more men were shot than women? Were they more emotional and more likely to be punished in a society in which emotions were illogical and against the rules? OR is this a warning about the future of France? Or was it a warning about what France had already become? Isolated from the world, destroying its culture, its language, its freedoms?
I still have so many questions and while the book is good, for I learned a lot about French films in general, it didn't really answer my questions about THIS film. Focus, people, focus!
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